VCU Students report Stress as the #1 issue affecting their academic performance.The Well's health survey, Spring 2016, n=856
Having difficulty coping with stress in your life? Drop by The Well on Thursdays at 3p.m. during the Spring Semester for our Open Mindfulness Sessions to learn and practice relaxation and stress/anxiety management. All students are welcome.
We all experience stress in our lives. Often, stress can be a good thing. It is our body's way of giving us the energy and resources we need to get through an event (like a test or a new experience). It can be difficult just balancing all of the responsibilities of being a student, not to mention the various stressors we each encounter on a daily basis. Our bodies are programmed to confront a stressor and then recover back to our "baseline-" our own "normal" level of functioning. Stress becomes negative when it is prolonged and we have no tools in place to help us respond to the stress and recover after the stressful event has passed. The longer we experience stress without periods of rest and relaxation in between, the more likely we are to develop complications as a result. Prolonged (or chronic) stress can lead to a variety of health and mental health related concerns like insomnia, high blood pressure, a weakened immune system or even heart disease, obesity, and depression (http://www.apa.org/helpcenter/chronic-stress.aspx).
We know that stress can be harmful, but check out this TED Talk about "How to Make Stress Your Friend."
We each experience stress differently. So, the techniques we choose to manage stress need to be individual based on our lifestyles, emotional needs, support systems, and the types of stressors we are experiencing. If you are experiencing stress, you are not alone.
Check out how one person on the internet is finding which technique works best for them. What's your strategy? Don't forget to follow our social media for more information on finding your stress management strategy!
Some stress starts in our brains! Automatic Negaitve Thoughts- what we fondly refer to as ANTS- can lead us down a spiral of negative thinking that makes whatever is stressing us seem impossible to overcome.
Some stressors are external and out of our control. They are things that happen to us whether we want them to or not. Losing a loved one, major life changes, or how someone treats us can all be external stressors. For stressors that are beyond your control, using an emotionally-focused strategy to manage your own response to the stressor can help. Learn stress management:
VCU University Counseling Services offers a variety of services for students who need some help managing stress and anxiety. Check out their online self-help section for more information about stress, anxiety, depression, and more.
Visit UCS on either campus to schedule an appointment today!
Monroe Park Campus
University Student Commons, Room 238
907 Floyd Ave.
Monday - Friday: 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
VMI Building, Room 412
1000 E. Marshall St.
Wednesday: 11 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Monday/Tuesday/Thursday/Friday: 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
*If you or someone you know is experiencing an After Hours Emergency you would like to get in contact with someone from UCS, please call VCU Police dispatcher at (804) 828-1234 and ask to speak to a therapist.
The Well provides consultations for stress and anxiety management. We also offer weekly drop-in sessions at The Well for stress/anxiety management on Thursdays at 3pm. Interested? Email us for more information. Educational programs are also available by request for student groups and classes about stress and anxiety management or mindfulness. Don't forget to follow our social media for all things health- including additional tips and information on stress and anxiety management.
Want to find another way to relax? Enjoy these "Have you HERD?" Well RAM comics for your coloring pleasure. Have You Herd? Coloring can help you relax.
Check out the resources below for more information:
- Adult Stress Fact Sheet from the National Institute fo Mental Health
- Student Guide to Surviving Stress
- Anxiety Management Techniques